Iowa Governor Says Cruz May Face Consequences After Carson Caucus Controversy

Iowa Governor Says Cruz May Face Consequences After Carson Caucus Controversy

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says GOP Presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz may face blowback after a controversy involving Ben Carson at Monday night’s caucuses.

According to The Hill:

“Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad chastised Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign for “unethical and unfair” practices on its way to winning Monday’s caucuses.

The Texas senator has received significant criticism from rivals Donald Trump and Ben Carson after his campaign passed along reports Monday night that Carson was on the verge of dropping out. That, critics claim, could have dissuaded voters from voting for Carson at a pivotal time.

“We have a strong sense of fairness in Iowa,” Branstad told Radio Iowa on Thursday. “Distributing information that was not true about a candidate right at the time people are voting in the caucuses is an inappropriate thing.”

Branstad lampooned the tactic as “unethical and unfair,” and warned that he thinks there will be “repercussions.”

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62 COMMENTS

  1. Cruz will not identify the guilty party so he must condone the actions like Ben Carson said. And I was once a Cruz supporter.

  2. Shame on Cruz and he wants to be president that’s is something to think about. As always Trump was right.

  3. Explosive Audio Surfaces – Cruz Campaign Telling Iowa Precinct Captains Carson Had Dropped Out of Race…http://theconservativetreehous

    Posted on February 4, 2016 by sundance

    • Saint Cruz lost my support! I expected Christian ethics….proof he’s no better than any playing dirty politics…

      • You have this completely wrong. Cruz repeated a report he saw on CNN. That’s all. The fact that the report turned out to be untrue or misconstrued is not Cruz’s fault.

        • Wrong, on so many levels. Cruz took a “sentence” reported on CNN, embellished it and then continued to spread it. His people had a moral obligation to fact check the statement. They chose to embellish it instead. Even cruz said he would use every tool at his disposal to win, ethical or not. So you support a LIAR and an ILLEGAL. Good for you. P.S. so why did Cruz apologize if he did nothing wrong?? You just keep supporting a liar. shows how much respect you have for this Country.

          • Campaigns have a moral obligation to fact check what they hear on the news? That’s crazy. Who ever did that? News outlets are obligated to fact check.

            What do you mean by ILLEGAL?

            He apologized because he repeated something that wasn’t accurate. That was nice of him.

            Who do you support?

          • I support Cruz, but I am disappointed in him. All he had to do was call the Carson campaign manager, or Carson, to find out the truth. That Carson would quit like that was an apparent falsehood, even without a phone call.

          • How can you support a lier, a thief and if he would do that to Mr. Carson can you imagine what he would do to “We the People” Cruz is a POS that should be DISQUALIFIED IMMEDIATELY.

          • I am not happy, Shirley, with what he did. My support of Cruz is wavering. But Cruz is still the BEST CANDIDATE to be President. It is my intention to forgive this one mistake, unless he shows further tendencies in the same direction.

          • This set of circumstances are different & you know it. Stop trying to be right. Any half wit knows that when you are in the beginning of a vote FOR THE PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATES & you see a report like that, something might click in your head,” hmmm that doesn’t sound right. I should get more info before I BROADCAST IT to everyone voting”…I mean come on!!
            At what point do we stop trying to break everything down to ,”well CNN didn’t give the right information; my staff made a mistake” blah blah blah blah blah. Wrong is wrong. Cheating is cheating & a liar is Ted Cruz!

        • Yes it most certainly is!! ‘Misconstrued’ is not acceptable. He can’t back out if that one. What he is saying is his staff, who hasn’t had any other errors like this before, made an error and wasn’t able to send out a retraction bc CNN failed to do so?
          A 2 yr old wouldn’t buy that, not to mention asking the people of Iowa & all across the nation. There isn’t any circumstance in the world where ,”
          ‘Please inform any Carson caucus goers of this news and urge them to caucus for Ted Cruz,’ …,”‘Make sure to tell all of your peers at the caucus supporting Carson that they should coalesce around the true conservative who will be in the race for the long haul: TED CRUZ!”
          …more……,”Carson Likely to Drop Out”.

          An error is one thing, but to have so many, I don’t think so. He can’t hide behind ,”oops I did it again”, ( hey I didn’t mean to quote Britney Spears but it fits!!). like when he was called out during a debate about not reporting his Goldman Sachs loan on his financials, remember his response?” I made a mistake”.
          They need to take the win from him bc that was dishonest & 1000% and more unfair to Ben Carson.
          The bigger point I’d like to make is, regardless of whether or not it would have made a difference in anyone’s numbers, it’s dishonest & I think it cheating…you just cannot condone that or else what precedent are we setting?

        • Vince Grabo it was confirmed that the information was sent after it was clarified to be untrue. Timestamps on the tweets and the voicemails confirm it. An error by the Cruz team or deliberate?

          • I’ve seen it many times. There is no basis in that conversation at all for Ted Cruz’s staff to have sent out the email they did. We’ve all witnessed many times when a candidate drops out of a race there is a formal announcement. Saying he is going home for a few days is a far cry from saying he is dropping out of the race. You look like an intelligent man, you know better than that. It would have come from Carson himself.

        • But then his campaign and he twitted and notified all precinct leaders AFTER Dr. Carson denied leaving. Just not ok anyway you spin it and it has hurt Cruz’s creditability.

  4. So CNN skates??? What about Rubio’s statements???? The Governor campaigned against Cruz!!! See who the ELITES LOVE?? Vote accordingly!!!! Cruz 2016 OR business as usual!! Trump is running hoping the MSM will get him elected but the MSM doesn’t want some one they can not deal with and Trump is a deal maker like every other LOBBYIST!!!!

  5. If CNN’s report had been accurate, this would be a non-issue. CNN screwed up – again. All this criticism of Cruz is politics. Remember, the Iowa Gov. asked people to vote for anyone but Cruz. And, no, Trump is not right. He’s just his usual self.

    • Well it was not accurate, so it is an issue! Cruz should have done a fact check which shows his true intentions here! It was dirty politics for personal gain, he’s only going to be a one hit wonder anyhow so let him bask in it, his only shining moment! So long Ted and so long dip stick!

      • Tony, have you figured out who you’re voting for yet? With you high moral standards, it’s obvious you’re not a Democrat. But your content-less posts indicate you’re not a Republican. You’re just blowing smoke, aren’t you?

  6. Ted Cruz is a phpny pony who will do whatever it takes to win an election….His brand of oratory reminds me of the ugly tyrants of the past….Adolf Hitler used the same kind of scare tactics that is the brand of Cruz….Americans you’ve been forewarned

  7. Re: Cruz getting the info from CNN: If Cruz had done his homework, he would have found out the report he alleges was false. He, at least, should have referenced CNN in his relay of information so the heat wouldn’t be squarely on his shoulders right now, but he’s too incompetent to CHA, and you want THAT for President????

  8. Donald J. Trump President 45th. Great Leader! Why you do not stop Cruz Now! What are you waiting turtle step.

  9. he has cheated now that means to me its not the first time it cost a honest man his rightful win!!!!!!!!!!!!and it hurt Dr. Carson as a person(also honest) andit made IOWA look like a crooked state.

    • You’re right! Aside from the votes, all of them have a moral responsibility to themselves & each other…IF they misinterpreted the very first tweet from CNN, the first thing they should have done was to get the facts on it before moving forward. The consequences are dire for each of them, but mostly Ben Carson. Think of it, people are there casting votes for Ben, & then they see this email he dropping out? Can you imagine what people were thinking? Dropping out right when the voting began? His negligence could have cost Carson a higher outcome…the question is here, why is it NOT considered cheating?

      Cruz needs to be disqualified completely. He cannot be trusted.

  10. Cruz has not dismissed any of campaign staffers to date which only tells all that he condoned the voter fraud and extreme crossing the line of campaign ethics! Ted Cruz needs to be held accountable for his devious actions that literally stole votes from Ben Carson and spiked his own count. The Governor of Iowa and the GOP powers to be should be considering Ted Cruz’s punishment for his camps fraudulent tampering by swaying Iowa Caucus Votes in favor of Ted Cruz!

    Ted Cruz Should Be Excused from running for the Republican Incumbency! We don’t need another crooked lawless type running for the Oval Office!

    So Be It

      • Vince, If CNN was inaccurate in their statements in this video about Ben’s supposed agenda going into the Iowa Primaries should be found accountable. Ben had already commented on this clip and now does not matter considering he has suspended his campaign.

        Cruz’s Staffers unethically contacted Iowan voters and literally lied about Ben Carson quitting his campaign for the Republican Incumbency and asked these viable voters to please cast their vote for Ted Cruz instead!

        Ted Cruz later apologized to Ben Carson and told the media he had nothing to do with this totally unethical incident, Yet no Staffer was found in fault, fired or dismissed! The rules and ethical boundaries in these Primaries should be enforced to the max but has not to date concerning this already fact checked incident!

        Cruz is getting a Supersized Pass for obvious reasons where as Future 45th President of the United states of America, Mr. Donald John Trump, Sr. would had been LITERALLY CRUCIFIED doing the same! Cruz should had been disqualified like a sprinter is in the Olympics after two false starts!

        It’s never too late to enforce an obvious Unethical Infraction of corruption that can be clearly demonstrated as an example to others running that there are consequences for those that CHEAT! Ted Cruz should be disqualified from the Iowa Primary and his Delegates subtracted from his totals! Obama’s lawlessness is alive and still putrid!

        SO BE IT

        • Rickis,

          1. If Cruz’s staffers told people about the CNN report, then they did not lie. So what is the lie you claim the staffers made?

          2. You seem to have a different ethical standard for Trump than Cruz. Trump constantly slanders people and makes up absured stories about them as dirty tricks. For example, saying that Cruz is not eligible for election and threatening to sue Cruz for running a video of Trump’s statements in an ad. Why don’t these breaches of ethical behavior bother you?

          3. The false CNN report and the Cruz staffer’s speaking of it had no effect on the election whatsoever. How do I know? Not one person came forward and said they changed their vote based on the confusion. Not one. The Trump and Carson campaigns couldn’t find a single problem. So the whole think amounted to nothing.

          • Vince, realizing now that you are a Ted Cruz toe ring slurper willingly to be strung up as another dumb puppet serving that pesky Master Cuban/Canadian waterbug!

            If Cruzs campaign staffers were not guilty of any wrong doing, why did he apologize to Ben about it all?

            Cruz got a pass but his freebie time is up and The Donald will make short of him in the upcoming Primaries!

            SO BE IT

            PS:Don’t be a Loser Vince, jump on the Trump Train and help make America Prosperous Great Again!

          • You are pretending to be thoughtfully discussing the candidates. You haven’t given me any reason to vote for Trump. Over the top criticisms of Cruz don’t do anything. Tell me something President Trump would do that President Cruz wouldn’t do.

          • Vince, I am assuming you have been following this Incumbency race since June and the total of Seventeen insider politician runners that has whittled down to Four to date! In reality along with many Media Contributors believe that Marco Rubio and especially Jon Kasich should save what dignity they have left and humbly bow out of the race. Of course there is about 100 tons of faceless ego here and their selfless character riding a failed campaign tells it so!

            Rubio and especially Kasich who only has a minuscule 63 Delegates are both scheming with the GOP elites to force the race into a brokered Convention! The GOP insiders want a runner that their controlling puppet strings can be securely attached during their entire Presidency!

            Future 45th President of the United States of America, Mr. Donald John Trump, Sr. is not the GOP’s obvious Incumbency favorite because of his Campaign Platform Stance’s but the fact that the GOP elites will not be able to attach those controlling puppet strings! SAD!

            Mr. Donald John Trump, Sr. has done everything the GOP has asked requirement wise to assure his running as a True Republican Incumbent! Even signing his name to a Document Pledging his Commitment on National TV with all other Incumbents doing the the same!

            If The Donald is being hammered and literally ostracized by people like Mitt Romney, Michael Bloomberg, John Boehner and Carly Fiorina, what is that truly telling the American Voter?

            *)Mitt Romney who lost to Barrack Hussein Obama in the 2012 election making us brutely suffer for another four years!
            >Even though Mr. Trump endorsed Mitt on National TV and contributed financially in the millions toward his failed Campaign.

            *)Michael Bloomberg who won his New York Governorship in 2001 and served three terms afterwards.
            >Even though Mr. Trump endorsed him each term on National TV and contributed financially toward each of his campaigns.

            *)John Boehner who became a turncoat on his stance’s against the Republican Party by kissing Obama’s toe rings agreeing to his degrading policies! Finally John Boehner under pressure resigned as House Speaker. Stupidly last place running Incumbent, John Kasich accepted Republican Traitor John Boehner’s endorsement! WOW, THAT IS PURE DESPERATION AND A SWIFT KICK IN THE GOP’S TEETH!!!

            *)Carly Fiorina who was fired as CEO from Hewlett Packard but was GOP & Media encouraged to run for the Republican Incumbency! She was quickly elevated to the top debating stage by the Media & GOP Insiders to Mud Wrestle with the Donald. The Media & GOP’s truly failed strategy early on in hopes of shacking up The Donald praying maliciously to derail his Powerful Train. Unfortunately for Carly she had absolutely no appeal to the American voters and after a couple of embarrassing months at 4% polls, jumped ship! The voters knew she was a phony puppet only running as a tripping deterrent singling out The Donald!

            Future 45th President of the United States of America, Mr. Donald John Trump, Sr. is the only Economic, Managerial, Jobs Creating, Plans Negotiating and Task Mastering Genius on either party side! This is an obvious proven fact compared closely to each of the other Runners records. Proof is in the pudding when after fifty years of success has catapulted him to a Multi Billionaire from a One Million Dollar loan!

            Remember, The Donald’s lifelong Nickname is, “The Golden Boy”! He got that label early on and is still called today due to the fact that everything he touches simply turns to GOLD! If that is the case, I believe the Majority Of America would like Mr. Donald John Trump, Sr. to become their Commander In Chief and start touching everything he can get his hands on!

            Vote for Donald John Trump, Sr. and make America Prosperous and Great Again!

            SO BE IT

          • Rickis,

            You didn’t mention Ted Cruz once in all of your criticisms. And that makes sense because there is very little bad to say about him. Cruz would do everything that you want Trump to do and more.

            He would adhere to the Constitution. Everything in his past says this and nothing in Trump’s past says so.

            Cruz would be the best possible selector of Supreme Court Justices.

            Cruz has a consistent background of tough, conservative excellence. Trump has been all over the place.

            Trump’s negatives are extremely high and put his electability in question.

            Trump might be a great president, but he’s a loose canon that might disappoint.

          • Vince,

            Before yesterdays Super Tuesday, Cruz was trailing in second behind by 99 Delegates and at evenings end Future 45th President of the United States of America, Mr. Donald John Trump, Sr. sweeped 4 out five States with Cruz winning NONE! This put The Donald not 99 Delegates ahead of the field but now 235 Delegates! That is a virtue increase of 136 Delegates which has more than doubled his lead on the second place Cruz for the Republican Incumbency!

            It is a renowned established fact that no one running for the Presidency has ever captured the White House prize without winning the Iowan Primary! Future 45th President of the United States of America, Mr. Donald John Trump, Sr. won Iowa not Cruz! The Donald is an obvious outsider never serving the political fields in Washington or Government State municipalities! No matter how you cut it or slice it, the Silent Majority and many others now riding the TRUMP TRAIN know Ted Cruz is an Insider. Ted is the former Senator of Texas and is inner twined in Governmental protocols of doing as he is told behind closed doors. Cruz is the GOP’s secret weapon in disguise as a rebellious outsider type which is far from the truth. Though the GOP elites make a lying claim that they do not like Ted to be their Republican Incumbent would throw the biggest Elephant Party ever if they could con his way in!

            The CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG that Ted Cruz is actually the GOP’s secret insider that has vehemently lied about his stances to the Republican Voters! Cruz continuously talks against the out of control GOP establishment but this is all a segment of the cleverly well orchestrated plan injecting a controlled insider by the corrupt GOP mogul elites!

            Sorry Vince but your man Cruz is a lying insider that has been caught courtesy of being blind sided by an Outsider that was totally ruined the GOP’s plan to stay rich off America’s blinded Tax payer!

            SO BE IT

          • Rickis,

            1. Iowa doesn’t have a primary. It has a caucus.

            2. Ted Cruz won the Iowa caucus, not Trump.

            3. Nobody knows what a “virtue increase” is.

            4. Trump’s name is not “Future 45th President of the United States of America, Mr. Donald John Trump, Sr.”

            5. You need to get someone to check your grammar.

            6. You have absolutely no reason to think that Cruz is the establishment’s secret weapon. You just made that up.

            7. The mile long list of images is annoying.

            8. Closing every post with “SO BE IT” is weird.

          • Vince,

            Future 45th President of the United States of America, Mr. Donald John Trump, Sr. is now leading 2nd GOP insider Texas Senator, Ted Cruz by 235 Delegates and everybody now knows his colors too!

            In all your correcting I see you didn’t bother arguing with the Future 45th President of the United States, Mr. Donald John Trump’s blowout increased lead over Canadian Ted by 235 Delegates opposed to yesterday’s 99 and he didn’t even win a State too boot?

            Since you are an obvious Ted Cruz toe ring slurper and worshiper, I highly suggest asking your Master what exactly the usage of SO BE IT means! He claims to be of a religious Cuban decent and his father a Preacher of sorts, ask him!

            SO BE IT

          • You would do your candidate more good if you were capable of having a normal conversation. You don’t make any sense and your grammar is embarrassing.

            And for these reasons, I’m out.

  11. All of you people criticizing Cruz are operating on incomplete information and your assumptions. And you’re missing the trees for the forest. Whatever happened didn’t do any damage and doesn’t matter. How do I know?

    How many voters have come forward with stories of irregularities or confusion? 25,000? 5,000? 5? No, zero. Not one voter has reported any problems and you know Carson people looked.

    This is just a distraction being created for political purposes. Let’s get back to business.

  12. Cruz is a lying pos, there are 1500 percents in Iowa, if 4 people in each one of them voted for the Canadian instead of Mr. Carson (because cruz said he quit) thats 6000 votes he didn’t get! Cruz should be DISQUALIFIED…..So stop talking about it and do something about it.

    • Sherry, do you think it’s possible that people were confused and changed their vote and STILL haven’t come forward. Thousands of disenfranchised voters are just keeping their mouth shut? After spending an entire evening in a caucus?

  13. Now that the Pesky Cuban waterbug little marco is permantly squished underneath the Future 45th President of the United States of America, Mr. Donald John Trump, Sr’s big winning shoe, ego stricken Kasich is next on the list of failure!

    Mr. Trump who will make short of Kasich proably in the next Primary will finish off the other pesky Cuban/Canadian waterbug Lying Ted in the numbers game alone! Cruz is becoming more unpopular like Rubio did with his fraudulent voting antic his Staffers pulled on Ben Carson by notifying the media and viable caucus voters he was dropping out of the race and to vote for Ted Cruz instead! Completely unethical and utterly disgraceful to say the least!

    Ted Cruz should be more attentive toward Kasich catching up with him by taking second place to The Donald in the upcoming Primaries! John Kasich may start taking second over riding Ted Cruz and stay in the race longer than expected! Though John nor Cruz have a prayer in beating the Future 45th President of the United States of America, Mr. Donald John Trump, Sr. their super inflated egos have forced their drive to the Twilight Zone’s Loserville!

    SO BE IT

  14. Before yesterdays Super Tuesday, Cruz was trailing in second behind by 99 Delegates and at evenings end Future 45th President of the United States of America, Mr. Donald John Trump, Sr. sweeped 4 out five States with Cruz winning NONE! This put The Donald not 99 Delegates ahead of the field but now 235 Delegates! That is a virtue increase of 136 Delegates which has more than doubled his lead on the second place Cruz for the Republican Incumbency!

    The Donald is an obvious outsider never serving the political fields in Washington or Government State municipalities! No matter how you cut it or slice it, the Silent Majority and many others now riding the TRUMP TRAIN know Ted Cruz is an Insider. Ted is presently the Senator of Texas and is inner twined in Governmental protocols of doing as he is told behind closed doors. Cruz is the GOP’s secret weapon in disguise as a rebellious outsider type which is far from the truth. Though the GOP elites make a lying claim that they do not like and hate Ted to be their Republican Incumbent would actually throw the biggest Elephant Party ever if they could con his way in!

    The CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG that Ted Cruz is actually the GOP’s secret insider that has vehemently lied about his stances to the Republican Voters! Cruz continuously talks against the out of control GOP establishment but this is all a segment of the cleverly well orchestrated plan injecting an insider by the corrupt GOP mogul elites!

    Sorry Vince but your man Cruz is a lying insider that has been caught courtesy of being blind sided by an Outsider Future 45th President of the United States of America, Mr. Donald John Trump, Sr. that has totally ruined the GOP’s plan to stay powerful and rich off America’s blinded Tax payer!

    SO BE IT

  15. According to Vince Grabo everybody who posts against Ted Cruz’s campaign is just wrong, misinformed or made up stories! The truth is Vince, people are discovering the truth of the real Ted Cruz. They know now that Jeb Bush and Ted where injected into the Incumbency with Jeb being the politically correct inside runner and Canadian Ted being the anti establishment runner for the best man to blossom according to playing field!

    Of course we all know that Jeb was completely the wrong GOP elite choice but fortunately still have their boy Ted running second to the Future 45th President of the United States, Mr. Donald John Trump, Sr. In reality Ted Cruz’s undercover mission as a Anti Establishment Constitution spewing Holier Then Thou Incumbent runner is being slowly pealed back for all to see! When his true identity as the GOP elite’s secret runner that is going south due to Donald Trump’s amazing campaign success leading the pack!

    The future for Ted Cruz looks more bleak with John Kasich scratching for a Delegate increase which will directly affect Ted’s numbers if Kasich starts rolling into second place instead of third!

    The fight will not be to catch or stop The Donald but Ted keeping Kasich from slipping in second place in all the upcoming Primaries! Ted and John are going to be main mud wrestling event now for Future 45th President of the United States of America, Mr. Donald John Trump, Sr. to lean back and enjoy while racking up all the first place Delegate numbers!

    SO BE IT Vince

  16. Vince

    Your Master lying Ted may be facing long over due consequences after that Ben Carson Iowa Caucus Controversy! This is coming from the Governor of Iowa himself.

    He should be eliminated all together and all running Incumbents should move up one place accordingly. Being dishonest or just simply having a out of control dishonest Staff does not set any example toward assuming the seat as America’s Commander In Chief!

    What happened to Ben Carson was about as low as you can go and the Governor of Iowa should set the bar of punishment toward practices of unethical voter fraud! If you can’t play by the rules, get out of the running because America doesn’t need your sleaze ball methods of cheating!

    SO BE IT. ( https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9b01df4c5d3792187724468a32c017245e0cbc275a4858ad47a41d775e748d08.jpg VINCE MY BOY)

    • Ok. Against good judgement, I’ll give you one more chance. Ready?

      About how many votes would you guess were misplaced in Iowa because of whatever did or didn’t happen about Carson’s leaving the race? Just a rough estimate.

      And how do you come by that rough estimate?

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